Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Forests of abstraction

One of the things I used to do a lot is create fractal art. You've probably seen them before, the wierd and wild flights of visual mayhem which seem to have no beginning and no end.

The further one looks, the further one descends into a forest generated by mathematical equations.

Strangely enough though, the basic principles are based on natural phenomena and often can be seen reoccurring around us at the strangest moments.

Fractals have also become the domain of electronic artists in recent years. There is a wide range of excellent imagery to be found all over the net nowadays, which can be produced with even fairly basic software.

Now that my life is starting to stabilise, I'll be picking up on these again soon, sharpening my skills and learning to focus...

Keep well...



  1. These are superb examples - must give a lot of pleasure creating these. Like all three, but specially the blue and white one - it's gorgeous. Look forward to seeing some more!

    I came across a few sets recently on photoblog at

  2. well, i don't really understand the mathematical background but fractals can create fascinating art.
    especially live the green one :)

  3. Excited for you. I remember this fact about you from before and am happy to hear of your renewed desire to create.

  4. Beautiful images. You can delve in and wander around.

    Keep well too:-)

  5. yes julie, these were very good examples but not made by me unfortunately... i still need a lot of practice and a faster computer to get up to that level... thank you for the link, the examples were really beautiful :-))

    polona, thank heavens the mathematics are secondary and we all can enjoy beauty on its own terms... the green example is a good example of how nature is also determined by fractal nature at moments..

    indeed helen, the images are intriguing and totally absorbing at moments... the more one looks, the more one sees and discovers the recurring patterns...

    thank you ange, i'm trying to pick up the pieces and rediscover a lot i've lost during the last year... fractals are one of the most important

    that's true lane, there's an endless path one can follow in the images and reality dissolves after a while...

  6. I used to make fractals when I was a little kid. My dad had a computer program - very basic, I'm sure - that would make them, and I remember loving the images and the process itself.

    I can't wait to see what you create!

    Thank you for your kind and frequent comments lately. :)

  7. Yay!

    I'll be looking forward to your new creations.

  8. i'm glad you understand the beauty and the depth of the images ali, although i could have expected that already, you have a very creative spirit and a good eye for things beautiful... have you ever thought of using fractals for meditative or healing purposes, in the same way one would use a mandala?

    the pleasure is all mine, i enjoy reading about your life in mozambiqu, the ways western and african worlds collide and the steps you take on your own life journey

    keep well...


    stick around zilla... as they say, you ain't seen nothin' yet ;-)